PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR FINANCE: Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem meets Finance Minister Edward Scicluna

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem pledged to work closely with Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna during his tenure as President of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).

During a press briefing given today at the Ministry for Finance in Valletta, Mr Dijsselbloem, who is also the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands, praised Malta’s strong economic performance. He recalled how he became Minister at the same time as Minister Scicluna, and said that he was looking forward to working with him during his presidency of the ECOFIN.

Minister Scicluna highlighted the importance that the presidents of ECOFIN and the Eurogroup to keep each other informed of their agenda, since only member states which have adopted the euro as their currency attend both meetings.

Minister Scicluna and President Dijsselbloem also pledged to work closely with each other in connection with the files which Malta will be piloting during its Presidency in the first semester of 2017. These include the Banking Union, taxation, budgetary issues and the future of the Monetary Union in the context of improving fiscal and economic performance by the eurozone, against the current international background.

Earlier, President Dijsselbloem held talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Minister Scicluna at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Source: Government of Malta.